He Is We - My Forever

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Indie Pop
Universal Motown Records
He Is We
My Forever
He Is We - My Forever Review rating:
3.5
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Average: 5 (6 votes)

The indie pop duo that captivated the ears of Purevolume listeners with just a few rough demos have finally been able to release a full-length album, called My Forever. Recorded with the backing of a major label, He is We have been able to fully express themselves and establish their addicting indie pop without losing their identities.

As far as filling the shoes of a full band in regards to instrumentation, they do a fine job of sharing the load. For the most part, Rachel takes the lead with vocals, like in the track “Kiss It All Better”, and plays keys while guitarist and singer Trevor adds wonderful harmonies, opening several of the songs like “And Run” and “Love Life”. Trevor also provides simple but elegant guitar playing like he always has. With a full drum set and bass filling in the empty spaces, listeners can expect a lot more from this release in terms of musicianship and quality of production.

Stylistically, the album is interesting. Never staying in one place too long, Rachel and Trevor borrow from many observable influences, ranging from R&B to Oldies to more contemporary pop. Included is a re-recording of two older tracks, “Happily Ever After” and “Blame It on the Rain”. The duo does an exemplary job of conveying many different emotions. In an interview, Trevor stated that he didn’t want to make “just catchy melodies and music to tap your foot to”, and he definitely follows through with that wish. Some songs cut to the heart of the downsides of love. The ballad “Kiss It All Better” outlines the hurt of a break up heard from a unique perspective.

To be sure, upbeat and jolly tracks dot the release, such as the song “Everything You Do”, filled with hand claps and a youthful and cute melody. The song “All About Us”, featuring Aaron Gillespie (The Almost and ex-Underoath) is another elegant track that ushers He Is We out of the little league and into the majors, writing songs that are mature and yet childishly jovial at the same time.

Overall, My Forever highlights and brings together the many faces of He Is We. Humble and charming, the album delivers the same two musicians fully equipped and revamped with a collection of songs sure to make the coldest hearts sing along.

1. Forever & Ever
2. All About Us
3. Everything You Do
4. And Run
5. Happily Ever After
6. Kiss It All Better
7. Prove You Wrong
8. Blame It On The Rain
9. Love Life
10. Fall

He Is We is an indie pop band formed in Tacoma, WA. The duo consists of Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly. They are currently in the process of recording and releasing their debut album. Their music so far can be downloaded for free at http://heiswe.bandcamp.com.

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